August 27 Racing Tips: Victoria Grove to shoot Noonie down at Thirsk

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder is back to give you a steer towards finding some winners at Thirsk, Newmarket and the Curragh on Friday, August 27.

It may not be as glamorous as last week's Ebor Festival, but there are a number of strong races taking place this Friday, and Luke Elder returns to highlight some top fancies.

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Here's a snapshot of Friday's selections. Click on the horse's name to have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.

Victoria Grove (1.30 Thirsk)

Cairn Gorm (4.30 Newmarket)

Music To My Ears (6.45 Curragh)

1.30 Thirsk - Victoria Grove

The 1.30 at Thirsk is a Fillies Novice contest just shy of a mile, one where I think we have our general handicap types in this contest but we also have a couple of interesting ones towards the top of the market.

Noonie, being one of them, who has run three times so far and not yet run a bad race. A couple of them were on turf and last time around she finished second at Chelmsford on the all weather. Bumped into a short priced favourite on that occasion and I do think Noonie is better than we have seen.

However, she does just boast that mark of 75 which, in this race, I do think is there to be shot at and we're going to shoot at her with Victoria Grove who, last time round, ran in the Sweet Solera and was a massive price. I actually quite fancied her to run okay in that race after an eye-catching debut but she was down the field finishing eighth of 10.

I think she's better than that. She showed that on debut when coming from off the pace in a race where you really had to be on the pace, with Inspiral coming home in front. Ardbraccan has also franked that form as well.

So I do think Victoria Grove is a fair bit better than we've seen so far. Just a couple of starts, as I say, for the Henry Spiller team. Hayley Turner takes over in the saddle today once more and I do think Victoria Grove can get off the mark at the third time of asking in the 1.30 at Thirsk.

4.30 Newmarket - Cairn Gorm

The 4.30 at Newmarket is a fascinating little contest, with few runners in the race but pretty much all of them would have their chances.

Starting with Boogie Time for the Karl Burke yard of horses. He's been a winning machine as of late, notched up a hat-trick by winning at Leicester just the other day. That was only a four-runner contest so similar enough to this one.

Is going up in the weights, though. That's going to be a bit tougher for Boogie Time, especially running in this sort of company, so we'll overlook the potential favourite and side with Cairn Gorm for the Mick Channon yard. A lot was always thought of Cairn Gorm, who was very well bet on debut at Windsor. I do think Cairn Gorm still has more to give as a three-year-old.

Three runs ago here at Newmarket, he was fifth in a pretty strong contest. That race worked out nicely as well with the likes of Popmaster coming out and winning subsequently. Last time around as well he was behind Mitrosonfire at Ascot, Mitrosonfire of course came out and won the Greys race here at Newmarket just a couple of weeks ago.

So I think there is more to come from Cairn Gorm, he still looks well-handicapped as well off a mark of 97 and hopefully Cairn Gorm can return to winning ways.

6.45 Curragh - Music To My Ears

The 6.45 at the Curragh is the Irish Cambridgeshire, which is wide open as you would imagine. There are plenty of chances in this race so we'll take a couple of darts at this contest at slightly bigger prices as well.

The first of them, albeit not the main fancy, is Pierre Lapin for the Adrian McGuinness team, I think could run fairly well in this.

Only a second start for the McGuinness yard, was third at Naas on that first effort for the team and, of course, we remember Pierre Lapin from being a fairly useful sort over in the UK for Roger Varian in the Obaid colours. He kind of lost his way in the last couple of efforts for that team but I do think there are races within his reach over in Ireland and this one could well be one of those contests.

And Music To My Ears is the other one as well, the main fancy of the pairing. I do think Music To My Ears is a horse that is still unexposed at a mile. Things didn't go right at Lingfield last time round in the Racing League, with staying on far too late in the day. I do think there is bigger and better to come from Music To My Ears, as we saw a couple of outings ago over this trip. But if they go fast up in front, which they should, Music To My Ears can pick them off late on in the day and hopefully land the Irish Cambridgeshire.

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